New Delhi: After years of denying that it shelters India’s most wanted terrorist Dawood Ibrahim, the Pakistani government has acknowledged that the underworld don lives in Karachi.
The Islamic nation’s admission came in a list of 88 banned terror groups disclosed as part of its efforts to wriggle out of tough financial sanctions for helping terrorists and to escape blacklisting by the Financial Action Task Force (FATF).
Dawood, who is accused of the 1993 serial blasts in Mumbai among other terror attacks in India, has long been on India’s most wanted list, but successive governments in Pakistan have denied his presence there.
In the Pakistan notification, Dawood’s details are provided under serial no. QDi.135 — as in the UNSC list of sanctions — and gives out all his details including his passport numbers, and address in Clifton, Karachi.
According to Pakistani authorities, Dawood Ibrahim’s address is “White House, Near Saudi Mosque, Clifton” in Karachi, Pakistan.
He also has other properties listed as “House Nu 37 – 30th Street – defence, Housing Authority, Karachi” and “Palatial bungalow in the hilly area of Noorabad in Karachi”.
Later, the Pakistani government tried to distance itself from the admission calling it “baseless and misleading”.
Besides Dawood, Lashkar-e-Toiba chief Hafiz Saeed, Lashkar’s operations head and 26/11 accused Zaki-ur-Rahman Lakhvi, Jaish-e-Mohammad chief Masood Azhar also figure on the list.
All designated terrorists on the list will have no direct access to funds, be able to enter or transit through Pakistan, or be able to procure weapons.